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09/04/2019

Gov. Wolf Joins Slippery Rock University in Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault

Slippery Rock, PA - Governor Tom Wolf visited Slippery Rock University today to talk with students and administrators and highlight efforts to combat campus sexual assault. The governor launched It’s On Us PA over three years ago as the nation’s first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault on campuses.

“I commend Slippery Rock University, and schools across the commonwealth, for working to change campus culture and make schools safer,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The risk of sexual assaults increases at the start of the fall semester. The It’s On Us campaign is encouraging these conversations and is increasing awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault.”

It’s On Us is a national movement started by the Obama administration to fight against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women. Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has invested nearly $3 million in competitive grants to dozens of 2-year and 4-year institutions in every corner of the state. The grants support programs on campuses to stop sexual violence.

In addition to grants, the governor championed two major laws that he signed in June. One law requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. The other law protects students reporting sexual assault from being disciplined for violating school drug, alcohol, or other policies.

“We must never tolerate sexual assault on our campuses or a culture that allows it,” said Governor Wolf. “We can all be proud that Pennsylvania is a national leader on this issue. This movement is fueled by students, parents and administrators demanding that all students are safe at our colleges and universities.”

During the visit, the governor met privately with student leaders and administrators to learn about Slippery Rock University’s It’s On Us initiatives to protect students.

“Slippery Rock University is committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment free from all forms of coercion and harassment for students, employees and guests,” said William Behre, president of Slippery Rock University. “This commitment includes education, prevention and, if necessary, punishment for all forms of harassment. We have zero tolerance for behavior that violates our community values; values that expect people to demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation of all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavors, in the working environment, and in the daily life of the University community.

“We are grateful for the support of grants like Gov. Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative that provide essential funding to help us in our work to achieve our goals.”

The first several weeks of the fall semester is commonly referred to as the “Red Zone” when sexual assault increases, especially among freshman women.

Governor Wolf invites everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault.

MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott - Governor's Office - 717-783-1116

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